1 September 2013
Matthew follows the pilgrims to help Sue Ryder
A Cambridgeshire man is walking in the footsteps of the ancient pilgrims in memory of his mother and to raise funds for the Sue Ryder hospice that looked after her ...
A Cambridgeshire man is walking in the footsteps of the ancient Welsh pilgrims this September in memory of his mother who died from cancer in 2012 - and to raise funds for the Sue Ryder hospice that looked after her.
Matthew Parsons from Brampton aims to walk the 160-mile route from St Winefride’s Well, Holywell in Flintshire to St David’s Cathedral in Pembrokeshire. He will also visit many historical churches, abbeys and shrines during his fundraising journey which is expected to take up to three weeks.
The trip is self-funded with all monies raised going directly to Sue Ryder, St John’s Hospice, Moggerhanger.
“My mother had holidayed in Pembrokeshire since the 1960s so this area holds great personal significance, especially as I still holiday there now,” explains Matthew. “I wanted to do something different which would create everlasting memories for such a wonderful mother and also raise vital funds for the remarkable work that Sue Ryder does.”
Actor and comedian Griff Rhys Jones who followed the same route for last year’s BBC programme Britain’s Lost Routes has sent Matthew a personal message of support:
"Matthew - can I wish you good luck and good wishes with your walk. What a splendid memorial and a great cause. I am sure we will all want to support you with this. And there is a tangible way that we can, through making a donation to the Sue Ryder hospice.”
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